Equality and Diversity
At St George's Church of England we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. The school’s general duties, with regards to equality are:
- Eliminating discrimination.
- Fostering good relationships.
- Advancing equality of opportunity.
We will not discriminate against, harass or victimise any pupil, prospective pupil, or other member of the school community because of their:
- Religion or belief.
- Sexual orientation.
- Gender reassignment.
- Pregnancy or maternity.
St George's Church of England Academy aims to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development, with special emphasis on promoting equality, diversity and eradicating prejudicial incidents for pupils and staff. Our school is committed to not only eliminating discrimination, but also increasing understanding and appreciation for diversity.
Aims to eradicate discrimination
St George's believes that a greater level of success from pupils and staff can be achieved by realising the uniqueness of individuals. Creating a prejudice-free environment where individuals feel confident and at ease is a commitment of the school. This environment will be achieved by:
- Being respectful.
- Always treating all members of the school community fairly.
- Developing an understanding of diversity and the benefits it can have.
- Adopting an inclusive attitude.
- Adopting an inclusive curriculum that is accessible to all.
- Encouraging compassion and open-mindedness.
We are committed to having a balanced and fair curriculum. We believe that our pupils should be exposed to ideas and concepts that may challenge their understanding to help ensure that pupils learn to become more accepting and inclusive of others. Challenging and controversial concepts will be delivered in a way that prevents discrimination, and instead promotes inclusive attitudes. We will also respect the right of parents to withdraw their children from classes which pose conflicts to their own beliefs.
Dealing with prejudice
St George's Church of England does not tolerate any form of prejudice-related incident. Whether direct or indirect, we treat discrimination against all members of our school with the utmost severity. When an incident is reported, through a thorough reporting procedure, our school is devoted to ensuring appropriate action is taken and a resolution is put into place which is both fair and firm.
At St George's Church of England Academy, our pupils are taught to be:
- Understanding of others.
- Celebratory of cultural diversity.
- Eager to reach their full potential.
- Aware of what constitutes discriminatory behaviour.
The school’s employees will not:
- Discriminate against any member of the school.
- Treat other members of the school unfairly.
The school’s employee’s will:
- Promote diversity equality.
- Encourage and adopt an inclusive attitude.
- Lead by example.
Equality and dignity in the workplace.
Our school does not discriminate in any way against the following protected charactersitics.
- Gender reassignment.
- Marital or civil partner status.
- Pregnancy or maternity.
- Race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin.
- Religion or belief.
- Sex or sexual orientation.
Equality of opportunity and non-discrimination extends to the treatment of all members of the school community.
The steps involved in meeting the needs of disabled persons that are different from the needs of persons who are not disabled include, in particular, steps to take account of disabled persons' disabilities. Compliance with the duties in this section may involved treating some persons more favourably than others: but that is not to be taken as permitting conduct that would otherwise be prohibited by the relevant legislation.
All staff members are obliged to act in accordance will the school’s various policies relating to equality.
We will guarantee that no redundancy is the result of direct or indirect prejudice. All disciplinary procedures are non-prejudicial, whether they result in warnings, dismissal, or any other disciplinary action.
Prejudice is not tolerated at St George's Church of England Academy and we are continuously working towards a more accepting and respectful environment for our schools community.
Red Card for Racism Competition 2023 Week Beginning February 13th 2023
We are proud to announce that children from Year 1 to Year 6 have been taking part in the Annual Red Card for Racism School Competition. This week they have been busy designing a tee-shirt with their own messages and slogans about how to stop racism. The competition has been running for 25 years and has become one the biggest equalities competition in the UK with over 23,600 entrants last year from more than 340 schools. We are extremely proud of all the children’s hard work and the beautiful tee-shirts they have design. We hope you enjoy looking at some examples of the tee-shirts our creative children have designed.
International Women's Day - 8th March 2023
Here’s to strong women.
May we know them.
May we be them.
May we raise them
Since it’s conception in 1975, International Women’s Day has commemorated the struggle for women’s rights and gender equality. Each year this event campaigns on the increasing need for women’s rights. The event takes place on 8th March every year.
Here at, St. George’s we are joining to celebrate the power of women all over the world.
Commemorating International Women’s Day is at the heart of our school values. We want to encourage all our children to have the human values of compassion, patience and respect. We also want to make sure that nobody is left without a voice. Teaching our children the importance of mutual respect is key to ensuring that everyone is treated with the same respect.
This week we have focused on famous women scientists:
Early Years - Beatrix Potter - Novelist, Conservationist and Botanist
Year 1 - Agnes Arber Botanist
Year 2 - Liz Bonnin - Conservationist
Year 3 - Marianne North - Botanist
Year 4 - Rachel Carson - Marine Biologist
Year 5 - Jane Goodall - Wildlife Researcher
Year 6 - Libby Hayman - Classification Invertebrates
Here are some of example of the word we produced as part of International Women's Day.
Early Years - Nursery
A very big thank you to Evelyn, who has helped us to kick off International Women's Day with a lovely book entitled "Girls Can Do Anything" By Caryl Hart. The message of the book is that girls are amazing. They are strong, brave and proud and they can dream big.
Our children have been dreaming big in early years and looking to the future of what they would like to be when they grow up. Some of their future aspirations are as follows, can you guess what your child said:-
Farmer, Fireman, Princess, Mrs Gill, Superhero, Batman, Police Officer, Peter Rabbit, Ballerina, Cook, Dog Walker, Pilot, Spiderman, Mario, Pirate, Ninja, Superhero, Vet, Runner, Councilor, Swimmer, Train Driver, looking after Pigs, Spiderman and a Diver.
We would say to all of our children in nursery that they are all special and that we are very proud of them. We look forward to seeing their dreams materialise in the future as we believe in everyone of you!
Beatrice Potter - Thursday 9th and Friday 10th
As part of International Women's Day, we have focused on the life of Beatrix Potter. We have enjoyed reading and looking at the books she wrote. Our favourite story is the one about 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit." A very naughty bunny who goes into Mr McGregor's garden and eats all of his vegetables." We have created our very own storybooks about Peter Rabbit just like Beatrix did all those years ago. We were sad to learn that nobody wanted to make her books so she made them herself. What a strong and brave woman she was!
We have also learnt that Beatrix had a passion for the countryside and being outside. She loved nature! You would often find her surrounded by plants and animals and she love to draw and paint them. We have enjoyed using watercolours to paint pictures just like Beatrix did. That is why all of her books are about animals that you can find in the Lake District. Beatrix especially liked to draw mushrooms and toadstools and her paintings contributed to a deeper understanding about the world of these. We have enjoyed looking carefully at the vegetables that grew in Mr McGregor's garden and completed some observational drawings.
She had lots of animals on her farm in the Lake District where she farmed and looked after Herdwick Sheep. Herdwick sheep have grey bodies and pretty white faces. Beatrix was passionate about farming and the land in the district that she brought lots of it and then gave it to the National Trust so we can still enjoy the beauty of her countryside today!
Early Years - Reception